Proverbs 14:15
New International Version
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

New Living Translation
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.

English Standard Version
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Berean Study Bible
The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps.

King James Bible
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

New King James Version
The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.

New American Standard Bible
The naive believes everything, But the sensible person considers his steps.

NASB 1995
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

NASB 1977
The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps.

Amplified Bible
The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going.

Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.

American Standard Version
The simple believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A child believes every word, and a cunning one distinguishes good from evil.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The simple believes every word: but the prudent man betakes himself to after-thought.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be stupid and believe all you hear; be smart and know where you are headed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

English Revised Version
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Good News Translation
A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gullible person believes anything, but a sensible person watches his step.

International Standard Version
An unthinking person believes everything, but the prudent one thinks before acting.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The thoughtless believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Literal Standard Version
The simple gives credence to everything, And the prudent attends to his step.

NET Bible
A naive person believes everything, but the shrewd person discerns his steps.

New Heart English Bible
A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

World English Bible
A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
The simple giveth credence to everything, And the prudent attendeth to his step.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wise Woman
14The backslider in heart receives the fill of his own ways, but a good man is rewarded for his ways. 15The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps. 16A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.…

Cross References
Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart receives the fill of his own ways, but a good man is rewarded for his ways.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.

Proverbs 17:4
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.


Treasury of Scripture

The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

simple

Proverbs 4:26
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 27:12
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

the prudent

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Amos 5:13
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Acts 13:7
Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.









(15) The simple.--See above on Proverbs 1:22.

Believeth every word.--And so, having no fixed principles by which to go, often takes a wrong step; while the prudent man considers well (Proverbs 14:8) whither each step will lead, and therefore does not go astray.

Verse 15. - The simple believeth every word. "Simple" (pethi), the credulous person, open to all influences (Proverbs 1:22). The Vulgate has innocens, and the Septuagint ἄκακος; but the word is best taken in an unfavourable sense. The credulous fool believes all that he hears without proof or examination; having no fixed principles of his own, he is at the mercy of any adviser, and is easily led astray. Ecclus. 19:4, "He that is hasty to give credit is light minded, and he that sinneth (thus) shall offend against his own soul." It is often remarked how credulous are unbelievers in supernaturalism. They who refuse to credit the most assured facts of Christ's history will pin their faith on some philosophical theory or insufficiently supported opinion, and will bluster and contend in maintenance of a notion today which tomorrow will prove untenable and absurd. Many who despise the miraculous teaching of the Bible accept the follies and frauds of spiritualism (comp. John 5:43). Hesiod, Ἔργ, 372 -

Πίστεις δ ἄρ τοι ὁμῶς καὶ ἀπιστίαι ὤλεσαν

"Belief and unbelief alike are fatal." Cato, 'Dist.,' 2:20 -

"Noli tu quaedam referenti credere semper;
Exigua his tribuenda fides qui multa loquuntur.'
The prudent man looketh well to his going (ver. 8); Vulgate, Astutus considerat gressus suos. The prudent man considers whither the advice given will lead him, always acts with deliberation. This maxim is attributed to Pythagoras - . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The simple [man]
פֶּ֭תִי (pe·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

believes
יַאֲמִ֣ין (ya·’ă·mîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

every
לְכָל־ (lə·ḵāl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

word,
דָּבָ֑ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

but the prudent man
וְ֝עָר֗וּם (wə·‘ā·rūm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

watches
יָבִ֥ין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

his steps.
לַאֲשֻׁרֽוֹ׃ (la·’ă·šu·rōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 838: Step, going


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